Homily for 2nd Sunday of Advent

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In the 2nd reading, St Paul says that what was written in the past in Scripture (our Old Testament) was written “that we might have hope”. The stories and the prophecies are there so we might have hope – and persevere. We can add: Advent is here so we might have hope. When Christ is born, when there is a baby in the crib, it’s faith that’s asked of us: this baby is Emmanuel. But in Advent it’s hope. And all life is Advent. The whole Christian life is one of hopeful waiting, and so is the whole Church’s life: “as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ.” Every Mass, every Eucharist is a cry for the Kingdom to come. Continue reading

St. Columba’s, Culloden: Christmas Carol Service

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St. Columba’s, Culloden will be holding a Christmas Carol Service on Thursday 19 December, 19:00-20:00. The service will include favourite Christmas carols, with community singing, together with seasonal Scripture readings. We will have the children of St. Joseph’s RC School joining us, together with a special appearance by The Three (Highland) Priests! Continue reading

Statement of the Bishops of the European Union (COMECE): Fall of the Berlin Wall

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On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, EU Bishops call upon all Europeans to work together towards a free and united Europe “through a renewed process of dialogue […] for a common peaceful future”.The statement was adopted by the Assembly of COMECE, which is composed of the Bishop-Delegates of the Episcopates of the EU. H.E. Mgr. Overbeck (Germany), Vice President of COMECE commented on the statement: “it is a call on the European people to cooperate in solidarity”.

To view the letter visit: 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall: EU Bishops call for a renewed process of dialogue

For more information about COMECE visit their website: comece.eu

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Homily for Mass in Commemoration of the Canonisation of St John Ogilvie

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On this day in 1976, in St Peter’s, Rome, John Ogilvie was canonized. There’s a full account in the Scottish Catholic Directory of 1978, pp. 432-437. Andrew Mann read the 1st reading and Colin Stewart, here tonight as Dean, was there too, a new student in the Scots College. Last Sunday, 13 October 2019, in Rome, another John was canonized, John Henry Newman – the first canonization of a Brit since our local hero, 43 years ago. It was good to be there. Tonight, rather than speak about either John directly, let me say something about the Catholic practice of canonization. What’s it about? Continue reading

Homily for the Anniversary of the Dedication of St Mary’s Cathedral

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Today we keep the anniversary of the dedication of this Cathedral. It’s great to have Sunday for this. In the Gospel, Jesus clears the temple. He’s asked for a sign. He replies: ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will rebuild it.’ He was speaking, says St John, of the temple of his body. The sign was his resurrection on the third day. The sign was his victory over death. Continue reading